“A legal lawsuit has been issued against you and a warrant has been issued for your arrest,” the robotic voice said when I picked up my ringing phone. It was a New York number. “Call this number immediately before legal action is taken.”
I immediately recognized the scam. First, if police want to arrest me, they’re not going to call me about it. Second, that particular prerecorded robocall is common.
I can’t tell you how many phone numbers I blocked in the past three months. It seems like dozens.
It’s shocking that 4.1 billion robocalls were placed in June 2018 in the United States, according to one source.
Until I started blocking, I’d never blocked a number before.
But when I started receiving daily calls from debt collectors, insurance providers, and other scam artists, I went into my call history and pressed the option to block.
The robocaller can continue to dial my number; but any message now goes direct to voicemail and my phone never rings.